AHA creates American Stroke Association

Goal: Reduce heart disease, stroke deaths by 2008

Late in January, the American Heart Association (AHA) renamed its Stroke Division, created in 1997, the American Stroke Association.

"Our enhanced focus on stroke will help us to attain our goal of reducing the deaths from heart disease and stroke by 25% between now and 2008," said Cass Wheeler, CEO of the AHA.

The AHA already publishes Stroke: Journal of the American Heart Association, hosts the world’s largest medical meeting on stroke, and last year piloted a Metro Stroke Task Force with the goal of increased stroke awareness among the public and medical professionals.

In addition, the AHAsponsors Stroke Connection, "a grass-roots network of alliances, coalitions, outreach programs, and support groups dedicated to improving quality of life for stroke survivors and caregivers."